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Smoky Sweet Potato Soup with Bacon


Smoky Sweet Potato Soup with Bacon will be your new favorite go-to for comfort in a bowl. This soup comes together in minutes and with so few ingredients you can afford to make a double batch (which you'll want to do). It's velvety smooth texture along with the sweetness of the sweet potatoes and the saltiness of the bacon, will have you wondering where this soup has been all your life.



  • 3 slices smoked bacon, chopped
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 3 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced*
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth


In a large pot over medium heat, cook bacon. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and set aside. In the pot, sauté onions and cook until slightly softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until soft and fragrant, around 2 minutes. Season with salt, pepper, smoked paprika, red pepper flakes (if using) and cayenne. Add sweet potatoes and broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer until sweet potatoes are tender, 27 to 30 minutes. Blend with immersion blender or transfer to a blender in batches and blend until smooth. Crumble bacon and garnish each bowl.


Pro tip: Smaller sweet potatoes = thinner soup

Larger sweet potatoes = thicker soup

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Dietary and Nutrition


We love this soup because it's full of veggies (literally...that's all it is) and paired with a salad this makes the perfect meal. Did you know soup has a filling effect on the body and will keep you feeling fuller longer? Aim for broth-based soups to cut calories and choose low-sodium ingredients to limit sodium intake.


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This recipe was analyzed for nutrition using Food Processor SQL Nutrition and Fitness Software and tested in the kitchen.